A tale of two internships


Jessica Schmitt (dairy science) had done everything right to organize her summer internship plans. She went to the career fair, attended club industry speakers, practiced interview questions and at long last, the perfect internship was secured. Then devastation hit and Jessica’s internship was canceled. But she decided to make the best of the situation and went back to square one reaching out to friends and faculty she had gotten to know as instructors and club advisers.

With the help of Dr. Leo Timms, Jessica, a native of Iowa, secured an internship at Circle H Headquarters in Texas where she has her camera handy to contribute content to the website and social media. In addition, Jessica assists in the laboratory and veterinary clinic plating cultures. She was surprised to find just how much the lab practices overlapped with those of her microbiology lab class.

Students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) find internships across the country that provide application and practice of concepts learned in class thanks to the network of faculty on campus and alumni who represent employers at the annual career fair.